Monday, December 10, 2007

Spurs edge past Man City

At last, a home win in the league against a team that is in the top half of the table! Despite the rain and cold, and a somewhat lethargic Spurs performance for much of the match, we clocked up just our third league win of the season to lift us into thirteenth.

Yes I know we were incredibly fortuitous with our opening goal - not only was Pascal offside, he also looked like he handled it - but I feel it was a well deserved victory. We witnessed no defensive howlers from Kaboul (although his distribution was poor), every player worked incredibly hard, Berbatov pulled all the strings up front, and Defoe looked sharp when he came on. Since Bent looked well below par (and wasted a couple of good first half chances), I think it would be fair to suggest that whilst Keane is out suspended our first choice striking partnership should be Berbatov and Defoe.

I got the sense that we weren't playing with enough ambition for much of the game. Whether it was because the lads were tired following our Belgium exploits on Thursday, or it was because City packed players into midfield which limited our ability to find space when attacking, it wasn't until Defoe scored before we looked really lively.

Anyway, although I didn't think it was particularly pretty or convincing, we won the game and that's what counts. Three points to us in our position is vital. Yes we have tough games to come against Pompey and ARSEnal, but the sooner we can talk of qualifying for Europe rather than fighting off relegation the better.

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